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(12) Patent: (11) CA 2419215
(54) English Title: METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR DETECTION OF A TELEPHONE CPE ALERTING SIGNAL
(54) French Title: METHODE ET APPAREIL DE DETECTION D'UN SIGNAL D'ALERTE D'EQUIPEMENT TELEPHONIQUE LOCAL D'ABONNE
Bibliographic Data
(51) International Patent Classification (IPC):
  • H04M 3/22 (2006.01)
  • H04M 1/57 (2006.01)
  • H04M 15/06 (2006.01)
(72) Inventors :
  • LEE, JULIAN (Canada)
  • LOUIE, GARY (Canada)
(73) Owners :
  • VTECH TELECOMMUNICATIONS, LTD. (The Hong Kong Special Admin. Region of the People's Republic of China)
(71) Applicants :
  • VTECH TELECOMMUNICATIONS, LTD. (The Hong Kong Special Admin. Region of the People's Republic of China)
(74) Agent: GOWLING WLG (CANADA) LLP
(74) Associate agent:
(45) Issued: 2007-10-16
(22) Filed Date: 2003-02-19
(41) Open to Public Inspection: 2003-08-21
Examination requested: 2003-12-29
Availability of licence: N/A
(25) Language of filing: English

Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT): No

(30) Application Priority Data:
Application No. Country/Territory Date
10/079,969 United States of America 2002-02-21

Abstracts

English Abstract





A method and apparatus for detecting a signaling tone within a communications
channel, such as a telephone line, is presented. The energy level of the
communications channel signal is measured at the frequency of the signaling
tone and
at one or more frequencies that are integer divisors of the signaling tone
(i.e. at one or
more subharmonics). The subharmonic energies are evaluated in determining
whether
the signaling tone is present. The technique can be implemented using a
plurality of
resonators and a comparator.


Claims

Note: Claims are shown in the official language in which they were submitted.





I claim:


1. A method for detecting a predetermined signaling tone within a signal
conveyed by a
communications channel, the method comprising:

performing a first measurement of the energy of the communications channel
signal at
the frequency of the predetermined signaling tone;

performing a second measurement of the energy of the communications channel
signal at
a frequency that is an integer divisor of the predetermined signaling tone
frequency;

performing one or more guard band measurements of the energy of the signals
conveyed
by the communications channel at respective one or more guard band
frequencies, the guard
band frequencies chosen to lie just above or just below a corresponding
signaling tone frequency;
and

determining that the signaling tone is present when the result of the first
measurement
exceeds a first threshold, where the first threshold is derived from the
result of the second
measurement, and when the results of the guard band measurements do not exceed
a second
threshold, where the second threshold is derived from the result of the first
measurement.


2. The method of claim 1, in which the first threshold is six decibels greater
than the second
measurement.


3. The method of claim 1, in which the step of performing a first measurement
is further
comprised of the substeps of applying the communications channel signal to a
first resonator
tuned to the frequency of the predetermined signaling tone; and measuring the
output of the first
resonator;



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and in which the step of performing a second measurement is further comprised
of the
substeps of applying the communications channel signal to a second resonator
tuned to an integer
divisor of the signaling tone frequency; and measuring the output of the
second resonator.


4. The method of claim 1, wherein a plurality of guard band measurements are
performed,
and wherein each guard band measurement does not exceed the second threshold.


5. The method of claim 4, in which the second threshold is equal to one fourth
of the first
measurement.


6. The method of claim 1, in which the step of determining that the signaling
tone is present
is further comprised of the substep of determining that the result of the
first measurement
exceeds a third threshold, where the third threshold is predetermined to be
indicative of a
minimum acceptable energy level for a valid signaling tone.


7. The method of claim 1, in which the step of determining that the signaling
tone is present
is further comprised of the substep of determining that the result of the
first measurement does
not exceed a fourth threshold, where the fourth threshold is predetermined to
be indicative of the
maximum acceptable energy level for a valid signaling tone.


8. The method of claim 6, in which the step of determining that the signaling
tone is present
is further comprised of the substep of determining that the result of the
first measurement does
not exceed a fourth threshold, where the fourth threshold is predetermined to
be indicative of the
maximum acceptable energy level for a valid signaling tone.







9. The method of claim 1, which method further includes the step of performing
one or
more further measurements of the energy of the communications channel signal,
each further
measurement being at a frequency that is an integer divisor of the
predetermined signaling tone
frequency; and

in which the step of determining that the signaling tone is present further
includes the
substep of determining that the result of the first measurement exceeds one or
more further
thresholds, where the further thresholds are derived from the results of the
further measurements.

10. The method of claim 9, in which step of performing one or more further
measurements is
comprised of the substeps of applying the communications channel signal to one
or more further
resonators, each further resonator being tuned to a frequency that is an
integer divisor of the
predetermined signaling tone frequency; and measuring the outputs of each of
the further
resonators.


11. A method for detecting a customer premises equipment alerting signal
comprised of one
or more signaling tones received on a telephone line by a telephone while
voice or other audible
communications are occurring on the telephone line, which method is comprised
of

measuring the signal energies present on the telephone line at the frequencies
of the one
or more signaling tones;

measuring the signal energies present at one or more sub-harmonic frequencies
of each of
the one or more signaling tones;

measuring the signal energies present at one or more guard band frequencies,
the guard band
frequencies chosen to lie just above or just below a corresponding signaling
tone frequency; and



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determining that the alerting signal is present when the energy of each
signaling tone
frequency exceeds a threshold derived from the energies measured at the one or
more sub-
harmonic frequencies for each signaling tone, and when the energy of each
signaling tone
frequency exceeds a threshold derived from the energy measured at the one or
more guard band
frequencies of that signaling tone.

12. The method of claim 11, in which the step of determining that the alerting
signal is
present is further comprised of the substep of determining that the energy of
each signaling tone
exceeds a predetermined minimum signaling tone energy level.

13. The method of claim 12, in which the step of determining that the alerting
signal is
present is further comprised of the substep of determining that the energy of
each signaling tone
does not exceed a predetermined maximum signaling tone energy level.

14. A telephone alerting signal detector for detecting the presence of a
signaling tone on a
communications channel, the detector comprising:

a signaling tone resonator tuned to the frequency of the signaling tone;

one or more sub-harmonic resonators, each sub-harmonic resonator being tuned
to a
frequency that is an integer divisor of the signaling tone frequency;

one or more guard band resonators, each guard band resonator being tuned to a
frequency
that is slightly greater than or less than the signaling tone frequency;

a comparator including inputs that are derived from the outputs of the
signaling tone and
sub-harmonic resonators and from the guard band resonator outputs, whereby the
output of the
comparator is indicative of the presence of the signaling tone if the
signaling tone resonator



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output exceeds a first threshold derived from the sub-harmonic resonator
outputs, and if the
signaling tone resonator output exceeds a second threshold, where the second
threshold is
derived from the guard band resonator levels.

15. The telephone alerting signal detector of claim 14, in which the
comparator further
includes an input corresponding to a predetermined minimum signaling tone
level, such that the
comparator output is indicative of the presence of the signaling tone if the
signaling tone
resonator output exceeds the first threshold and the predetermined minimum
signaling tone level.
16. The telephone alerting signal detector of claim 15, in which the
comparator further
includes an input corresponding to a predetermined maximum signaling tone
level, such that the
comparator output is indicative of the presence of the signaling tone if the
signaling tone
resonator output exceeds the first threshold and the predetermined minimum
signaling tone level,
and the predetermined maximum signaling tone level exceeds the signaling tone
resonator
output.

17. The telephone alerting signal detector of claim 14, in which the first
threshold is six
decibels greater than the greatest of the one or more sub-harmonic resonator
outputs.

18. The telephone alerting signal detector of claim 14, in which the second
threshold is four
times the level of the greatest guard band resonator output.


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Description

Note: Descriptions are shown in the official language in which they were submitted.


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TITLE OF THE INVENTION
Method and Apparatus for Detection of a Telephone CPE Alerting Signal
BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION
1. Field of the Invention
[0001] This invention relates in general to telephone communications. In
particular,
the invention relates to an improved technique for the detection of signaling
tones, such
as those associated with caller identification services, transmitted over a
voice
communications link.
2. Background Art
[0002] In recent years, numerous advanced telecommunications features have
become readily available to home and business telephone users. One such
feature that
has attained great popularity is caller identification, often referred to as
"caller ID" or
"CID". Conventional caller ID systems typically involve the transmission of
data
identifying or corresponding to the calling party's telephone number and/or
name from
the telephone company central office switch to a called pari:y's CID-capable
telephone
set or CID box. This data is transmitted over the telephone line during the
"silent"
period following the first ring of the called party's telephone set. The
called party is thus
able to determine the identity of the calling party before answering the
incoming call.
Additionally, if the called party is unavailable or elects not to answer the
incoming call, a
record of calls received can be stored locally in the memory of the CID-
capable
telephone set or CID box for later reference by the user. Such conventional
caller ID
service only operates when the called party's phone is "on hook", i.e. when
the called
party is not engaged in a telephone conversation.
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(0003] Conventional caller ID has been further improved through the
implementation
of a system known as Type II caller ID. Type II CID expands upon the
functionality of
conventional CID by combining conventional caller ID with a "call waiting"
service. A
call waiting service operates during an ongoing telephone conversation by
audibly
signaling a called party to indicate that a second calling party has placed a
call to the
called party's phone. The called party upon hearing a signal tone can elect to
put the
first call on hold and establish a connection with the second calling party.
After having
completed talking to the second calling party, the called party can
reestablish a
connection with and resume talking to the first party.
[0004] However, unlike conventional CID, Type II CID aUso operates while a
called
party is already engaged in a telephone conversation and receives a telephone
call from
a second party. The system first notifies the user of the incoming call by
transmitting an
audible "call waiting" tone, and then proceeds to transmit Type II CID data to
the called
party thereby identifying the second calling party. Just as in traditional
caller ID, the
new caller's information is displayed on the Type II CID-capable telephone set
or CID
box. Thus, the user is able to determine the relative importance of a newly
received
call, and to decide whether to interrupt the call in which the user is already
engaged by
switching over to the second call.
[0005] Several standards have been developed for the implementation of Type I
I
CID, such as the BeIICore GR-3004 specification, or the BT 202 specification.
Such
standards dictate that Type II CID operation is initiated via the transmission
of a specific
signal over the telephone line during the telephone conversation. This signal
is known
as the Customer Premises Equipment Alerting Signal ("CAS"). According to the
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BeIICore specification, the CAS is a dual-tone signal consisting of a 2130 Hz
tone and a
2750 Hz tone, sometimes called CAS tone A and CAS tone B, respectively. When
the
CAS is detected by the Type II CID-capable customer premises equipment ("CPE")
such as a cordless telephone set, the CPE initiates a brief digital
communications link
with the central office by acknowledging receipt and recognition of the CAS by
the CPE.
This in turn causes the central office to transmit the modulated digital CID
data that is
then received by the called party's CPE and displayed on the Type II CID-
capable
telephone set or CID box display.
[0006] To avoid interrupting the user's telephone conversation with an
unpleasant
burst of noise when the digital communications occur, the CPE mutes the user's
audio
signal as soon as the CAS is detected. The CID data is then transmitted during
the
muted period in a brief burst of digital data, after which the caller can
continue the
current conversation experiencing minimal interruption. If the transmitted CAS
tones
are not detected by the CPE due to the calling party's telephone set not being
Type II
enabled, the CPE will not send the requisite acknowledgement signal, and the
system
will not transmit the CID information to the user. This CPE acknowledgement
feature
prevents users of CPE without Type II CID functionality from being subjected
to a loud
burst of digital noise while the CID data is transmitted unnecessarily each
time a call
waiting signal is received. However, it is also possible that Type II CID-
equipped CPE
can nevertheless fail to detect a valid CAS, thereby depriving the user of the
Type II CID
functionality. Furthermore, if the CPE detects CAS tones when a CAS has not in
fact
been sent by the central office (a "false" CAS detection), the user's
telephone
conversation is unnecessarily interrupted while the CPE mutes the audio signal
to
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attempt digital communications with the central office. Thus, crucial to the
effective
implementation of Type II CID is the reliable detection of CAS tones received
from the
central office, as well as the reliable rejection of false CAS tones.
[0007] This CAS detection task is often particularly difficult because the CAS
is
transmitted over the same channel on which the telephonic audio communications
are
taking place, at the same time during which these same communications are
taking
place, and within the same limited frequency bandwidth supported by modern
telephone
networks. Many techniques may be used by the CPE to detect dual tone
frequencies
such as a CAS, including analog bandpass filtering followed by a peak detector
or PLL,
or digital techniques that use digital filtering or discrete Fourier
transforms (DTF).
Additionally, several techniques are known which are specifically intended to
improve
the reliability of CAS detection. Such techniques often involve setting
stricter standards
for the detected CAS signal that must be satisfied before the CAS will be
considered to
be genuine. These include setting tight criteria for characteristics such as
the signal
duration, the difference in signal levels between tones in the dual-tone CAS,
the
allowable frequency of each CAS tone, or the signal level of each tone with
respect to
the remainder of the voiceband frequencies or some subset thereof. However, as
the
tightness of such criteria is increased, the system becomes increasingly
likely to fail to
identify a genuine CAS tone due to uncontrollable variations in the CAS
signaling and
noise and distortion within the communications channel. Such failures to
detect the
Type II CID CAS are highly undesirable.
[0008] One technique to improve CAS detection reliability is set forth in U.S.
Patent
No. 6,122,353 issued to Brady et al., which discloses a technique whereby the
CPE's
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audio signal is muted or disconnected altogether from the transmission channel
as soon
a potential CAS is detected. The CPE then continues to monitor the CAS on the
telephone line for its remaining duration while the near-end audio input
remains muted.
If the output of the CAS detection mechanism continues to indicate the
presence of a
CAS even absent the near-end audio (which has been removed due to the audio
signal
being disconnected), then the incoming signal is likely to be a genuine CAS
being
received from the central office rather than a spurious product of the audio
signal
produced by the near-end telephone. However, this technique fails to eliminate
interruptions caused by false CAS detections, because the near-end audio must
still be
muted. Rather, it only decreases the disruption (i.e. decreases the duration
of the
erroneous muting period) caused by the false CAS detections originating from
near-end
voice signals, while failing to eliminate false CAS detections caused by voice
signals
coming from the calling party.
[0009 Another method to improve CAS detection reliability involves measuring
the
energy of the CAS and comparing that energy to the overall energy present in
the
voiceband channel. If a valid CAS were present, then there would likely be a
significant
difference in energies between the CAS energy level and the energy level of
the
remainder of the channel. If it is determined that the energy across the
voiceband
channel is roughly the same as, or within a certain margin af, the measured
CAS, then
the CAS would be rejected as a probable by-product of complex audio signals on
the
telephone line. Unfortunately, this technique very often cannot distinguish
between
valid but speech-corrupted CAS tones and signals with high energy levels at
the CAS
tone frequencies due instead to overall very high levels of audio energy
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voiceband channel, thereby resulting in the occasional failure to properly
deliver the
Type II CID data.
[00010] Another technique is disclosed by U.S. Patent No. 5,519,774, issued to
Battista et al., in which select sampled bandwidths are chosen specifically
from the
upper portion of the voiceband, between the frequencies of 2000 and 3000 Hz in
which
energy from typical voice signals is likely fo be low. The measured energies
are then
weighted by an experimentally-derived weighting function using a complex
adaptive
algorithm and compared to the energy levels measured at the CAS frequencies to
determine whether a detected CAS is valid. However, this technique requires an
iterative experimental procedure and prior knowledge of false CAS detections
to
optimize the complex adaptive algorithm that implements the technique and
obtain good
performance. Also, the technique's high level of complexity adds to the cost,
size and
power consumption of products that implement it.
[00011] Thus, it is desirable and an object of the invention to provide simple
and
comparatively inexpensive technique for the reliable detection of CAS
signaling.
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SUMMARY OF THE 1NVENT10N
[00012 A method and apparatus for detecting a predetermined signaling tone
within a signal conveyed by a communications channel is presented. The energy
of the
channel is measured at the frequency of the predetermined signaling tone and
at a
frequency that is an integer divisor of the predetermined signaling tone
frequency. The
signaling tone is determined to be present when the result of the first
measurement
exceeds a threshold derived from the result of the second measurement. In one
embodiment, this threshold is approximately six decibels greater than the
second
measurement. The energies can be determined by measuring the outputs of
resonators
tuned, respectively, to the predetermined signaling tone frequency and to an
integer
divisor of the signaling tone frequency.
[000131 Detection of the signaling tone may also require that the energies of
signals at one or more guard band frequencies do not exceed a threshold
derived from
the signaling tone energy. The guard band energy threshold may be equal to one
fourth
of the measured signaling tone energy. Detection of the signaling tone may
also require
that the measured signaling tone energy exceeds a minimum acceptable energy
level
for a valid signaling tone andlor does not exceed a maximum acceptable energy
level
for a valid signaling tone. One or more additional measurements of the
communications
channel energy at frequencies that are further integer divisors of the
signaling tone
frequency may be made in detecting the presence of the signaling tone. The
signaling
tone is then determined to be present if the measured signaling tone energy
also
exceeds the one or more additional measurements by at least a predetermined
threshold.
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(00013] A method is provided particularly to detect a customer premises
equipment alerting signal received on a telephone line. The signal energies
present on
the telephone line can be measured at the frequencies of one or more signaling
tones
comprising the customer premises equipment alerting signal, at one or more sub-

harmonic frequencies of each of the one or more signaling tones and optionally
at one
or more guard band frequencies for each of the one or more signaling tones.
These
measurements are then compared to appropriate thresholds to determine if the
alerting
signal is present.
(00014] A telephone alerting signal detector is presented which detects a
signaling
tone on a communications channel. The detector is comprised of a signaling
tone
resonator, one or more sub-harmonic resonators and one or more guard band
resonators. The resonators are tuned to the frequency of the signaling tone,
to the
integer divisors of the signaling tone frequency and to guard band
frequencies. The
detector is further comprised of a comparator that includes inputs derived
from the
outputs of the signaling tone resonator, sub-harmonic resonators and guard
band
resonators, and inputs corresponding to minimum and maximum signaling tone
levels.
(00015] The comparator output may indicate the presence of the signaling
tone if the resonator outputs indicate that the signaling tone energy exceeds
the sub-
harmonic energy by a predetermined amount, such as six decibels. The
comparator
output may further require that the signaling tone energy exceeds the guard
band
energy by a desired degree, such as by a factor of four, before the signaling
tone is
detected. The comparator output may also require that the signaling tone
energy
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satisfies predetermined maximum andlor minimum energy criterion before a
signaling
tone is detected.

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BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS
(00016] Figure 1 is a plot depicting the relationship between a fundamental
frequency and its associated second and third sub-harmonic frequencies.
[00017] Figure 2 is a block diagram of a CAS detector according to one
embodiment of the invention
[00018] Figure 3 is a flowchart of a method for detecting a valid CAS tone.
[00019] Figure 4 is a plot depicting the relative frequency responses of the
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DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF DRAWINGS
(00020] While this invention is susceptible to embodiment in many different
forms,
there are shown in the drawings and will be described in detail herein
representative
embodiments. The present disclosure is to be considered as an exemplification
of the
principle of the invention intended merely to explain and illustrate the
invention, and is
not intended to limit the invention in anyway to embodiments illustrated.
(00021] Speech is often comprised of complex tones that include significant
harmonic content. While it is very difficult for a person's voice to directly
produce
simultaneously, for example, the 2130 Hz and 2750 Hz tones that could mimic
the CAS
under the BeIICore Type II CID specification, it is much more likely for
speech to contain
signals at the sub-harmonics of the two CAS frequencies. Such sub-harmonic
signals
are likely to contain energy at the CAS tone frequencies, and are thus likely
to be
improperly detected as a CAS. Thus, by specifically examining the sub-
harmonics of a
detected tone rather than other portions of the channel bandwidth, false
detections of
the tone of interest can often be reliably avoided without significantly
desensitizing the
detector to valid tone signals of interest.
[00022] A sub-harmonic frequency is an integral divisor of the fundamental
frequency. This relationship between a fundamental frequency and associated
sub-
harmonic frequencies is depicted in the plot of Figure 1. Two sub-harmonics of
fundamental tone 100 are illustrated. The frequency of second sub-harmonic 110
equals the frequency of fundamental 100 divided by 2, and 'the frequency of
third sub-
harmonic 120 is equal to the frequency of fundamental 100 divided by 3. Thus,
the
second sub-harmonic of BeIICore CAS tone A is the frequency of CAS tone A
divided
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by 2 (2130 Hz l 2 = 1065 Hz). Likewise, the third sub-harmonic of CAS tone A
is the
frequency of CAS tone A divided by 3 (2130 Hz / 3 = 710 Hz). The second and
third
sub-harmonics of CAS tone B are similarly calculated to be 1375 Hz and 916.7
Hz,
respectively.
[00023] It may be advantageous to consider sub-harmonics in evaluating the
authenticity of a tone signal such as a GAS because most audible sounds other
than
noise are comprised largely of energy content at their fundamental frequencies
and
integer multiples of that fundamental frequency. Therefore, sounds with
fundamental
frequencies at sub-harmonics of the CAS tones are sounds whose harmonics are
likely
to fall at the same frequency as the CAS tones. Thus, if high-energy harmonic-
rich
signals are present at the CAS tone sub-harmonic frequencies, then the
harmonics of
those signals may appear similar to CAS tones. Because typical voice
communications
contain harmonic-rich signals in the range of these specific sub-harmonic
frequencies,
the associated harmonic signals could then likely result in a false CAS
detection and
subsequent interruption of the communications on the telephone line as the CPE
erroneously seeks to initiate digital communications with the central office.
[00024) Because a CAS is comprised of pure tones at the CAS A and CAS B
frequencies, the CAS itself does not normally contain any significant energy
content at
sub-harmonic frequencies. Furthermore harmonics of a signal are normally lower
in
level than the fundamental frequency signal, such that harmonic energy at CAS
frequencies resulting from sub-harmonic signals will normally be lower in
energy than
the sub-harmonic signals themselves.
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[00025] A CAS detector utilizing these properties to reject false CAS signals
is
illustrated in the functional block diagram of Figure 2, and may be
implemented, for
example, via software by a microprocessor, digital signal processor or
application
specific integrated circuit found within the base unit of a cordless telephone
system. In
the embodiment of Figure 2, the digitized audio input from a telephone line is
input on
line 210, and is fed to a plurality of Goertzel resonators, namely, resonators
220, 222,
224, 226, 228, 230, 232, 234, 236 and 238.
[00026] The Goertzel resonators act to measure the energy level at a specific
tuned frequency. Specifically, the output of the Goertzel resonator is the
magnitude
squared of the tuned frequency component of the discrete Fourier transform of
the input
signal. In one embodiment of the invention, the resonators are implemented
with a
frame size of 200 samples (N=200) with a sample frequency of 8 kHz. However,
it is
understood that the energy levels at particular frequencies could
alternatively be
measured by a variety of techniques, both analog and digital and optionally
including
Goertzel or other resonators of varying designs, without departing from the
scope of the
invention.
[00027] The output of each of the resonators 220 through 238 is passed to
comparator block 240. Comparator block 240 acts to compare the values of the
resonator outputs to each other and/or various predetermined values to
identify when a
valid CAS is received via signaling on output 250.
[00028] The flowchart of Figure 3 illustrates the operation of the detector of
Figure
2, according to one embodiment of the invention. In step 400, the signal
energies are
measured at CAS tone A and CAS tone B, as well as at the CAS tone sub-
harmonics of
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both CAS tones A and B, by resonators 220-238. Specifically, resonator 220 is
tuned to
CAS tone A, resonator 226 is tuned to the second sub-harmonic of CAS tone A
and
resonator 228 is tuned to the third sub-harmonic of CAS tone A. Similarly,
resonator
230 is tuned to CAS tone B, resonator 236 is tuned to the second sub-harmonic
of CAS
tone B and resonator 238 is tuned to the third sub-harmonic of CAS tone B.
[00029] However, because resonators typically respond to a range of
frequencies
centered on the desired frequency to be measured, a single resonator may not
yield
sufficient information to accurately determine that a tone at a particular CAS
tone
frequency is being detected. Thus, it may be desirable to employ additional
resonators
as guard band resonators to triangulate the frequency being measured and
provide a
more accurate response. In the embodiment of Figure 2, guard band resonator
222 is
tuned to a frequency slightly below that of CAS tone A, and guard band
resonator 224 is
tuned to a frequency slightly above that of CAS tone B. Similarly, guard band
resonator
232 is tuned to a frequency slightly below that of CAS tone: B, and guard band
resonator
234 is tuned to a frequency slightly above that of CAS tonE: B.
[00030] Figure 4 illustrates the frequency responses ~f the various resonators
220-
238. Response 520 corresponds to resonator 220, and is centered upon the
frequency
of CAS tone A. Guard band resonators 222 and 224 correspond to frequency
responses 522 and 524, which are respectively positioned at frequencies lower
than
and higher than the frequency of CAS tone A. Frequency iresponse 526 of
resonator
226 is centered at the second sub-harmonic of CAS tone A. Frequency response
528
of resonator 228 is centered at the third sub-harmonic of CAS tone A.
Similarly,
resonators 230-238 correspond to frequency responses 530-538 and are centered
at
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various frequencies associated with CAS tone B: response 530 is centered on
the CAS
tone B frequency; low guard band resonator response 532 and high guard band
resonator response 534 are positioned at frequencies that are slightly lower
than and
higher than that of response 530, respectively; and resonator frequency
responses 536
and 538 are centered on the second sub-harmonic and third sub-harmonic of CAS
tone
B, respectively. Because, as mentioned and illustrated, such resonators
typically
respond to a range of frequencies centered on the frequency to which the
resonator is
tuned, it is understood that the tuning frequencies of the resonators may
deviate slightly
from their theoretical values without substantially impacting the operation of
the
illustrated device. In Figure 4, resonator frequencies associated with CAS
tone A are
shown hatched and resonator frequencies associated with CAS tone B are shown
non-
hatched.
[00031] Returning to Figure 3, in steps 410 through 490, the various energies
calculated in step 400 are compared to determine the validity of the detected
tones. In
step 410, comparator 240 compares the total energy detected by all resonators
to
predetermined maximum and minimum values. If the total energy value does not
fall
between the predetermined maximum and minimum values, then comparator 240
determines that the tones detected are not a valid CAS signal, step 420.
[00032] If the total detected energy level is within the valid range for a
CAS, then
the detector proceeds to determine whether the energy present at the CAS tone
A
frequency is indicative of a CAS. In step 430, the energy detected by CAS tone
A high
guard band resonator 224 is compared to that of CAS tone A resonator 220, step
430.
If the guard band resonator's energy level exceeds a predetermined portion of
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tone resonator energy level, then the tone is not deemed to be a valid CAS,
i.e., the
energy measured by the resonator tuned to the CAS tone is likely to be due to
a
broadband signal, rather than a pure CAS tone. In the embodiment of Figure 2,
if
comparator 240 determines that the energy of resonator 224 is not less than
one fourth
of the energy of CAS tone A resonator 220 in step 430, the tone is rejected,
step 420.
Similarly, in step 440 the low guard band energy of resonator 222 is compared
to the
energy measured by CAS tone A resonator 220. If the energy of resonator 222 is
not
less than one fourth of the energy of resonator 220, the tone is rejected,
step 420.
[00033] In addition to examining the guard band resonators to determine
whether
a tone is present at the frequency of CAS tone A, the sub-harmonics of CAS
tone A are
also examined. The energy present at the second CAS tone A sub-harmonic, as
determined by resonator 226, is compared to the energy of CAS tone A resonator
220
by comparator 240 in step 450. If the sub-harmonic energy exceeds the CAS tone
energy, the tone is rejected, step 420. Finally, in step 260 the energy
present at the
third CAS tone A sub-harmonic, as measured by resonator 228, is compared to
the
energy of CAS tone A resonator 220. If the third sub-harmonic energy exceeds
the
CAS tone energy, the tone is also rejected, step 420. Otherwise, the detector
is
deemed to have detected a valid CAS tone A.
[00034] An analogous CAS tone detection and verification process is also
performed for CAS tone B. The energy detected by high guard band resonator 234
is
compared to that of CAS tone B resonator 230 at step 475. If the guard band
energy
exceeds one fourth of the CAS tone B energy, the tone is rejected, step 420.
Similarly,
in step 480 the low guard band energy of resonator 232 is compared to the CAS
tone B
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energy of resonator 230. If the low guard band energy exceeds one fourth of
the CAS
tone energy, the tone is also rejected, step 420. The energy present at the
second CAS
tone B sub-harmonic is compared to the CAS tone B energy in step 485. If the
second
sub-harmonic energy exceeds the CAS tone energy, the tone is rejected, step
420.
Finally, in step 490 the energy present at the third CAS tore B sub-harmonic
is
compared to the CAS tone B energy. If the third sub-harmonic energy exceeds
the
CAS tone energy, the tone is also rejected at step 420.
[00035] Finally, in step 470 the detector determines whether both of CAS tones
A
and B have been determined to be valid. If so, then it is determined that
there has been
a valid CAS detection, step 495, and further Type II CID communications
between the
CPE and the home office may ensue.
[00036] In other embodiments, the various thresholds to which the CAS tone
energies are compared can be scaled by varying amounts. For example, to
further
reduce the opportunity for false detection of a CAS, the detector can require
that the
CAS tone energy levels exceed the sub-harmonic energy levels by a desired
amount,
such as 6 dB, in order for the CAS tone to be deemed valid in comparison steps
450,
460, 485 and 495. In such an embodiment, if the level detected at the
frequency of
CAS tone A is -30 dBm and the level at the third sub-harmonic frequency of CAS
tone
A is measured to be -35 dBm, then the detection would be rejected since the
third sub-
harmonic is less than 6 dB lower than the fundamental tone. Implementing such
an
increased threshold helps ensure that a CAS is not improperly detected even
when
harmonic-rich signals are present even at a plurality of CAS sub-harmonics.
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[00037] The foregoing description and drawings merely explain and illustrate
the
invention and the invention is not limited thereto except insofar as the
appended claims
are so limited, inasmuch as those skilled in the art, having the present
disclosure before
them will be able to make modifications and variations therein without
departing from
the scope of the invention.
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LEE, JULIAN
LOUIE, GARY
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